Social and Behavioral Sciences

Ross Hickey J.D., CIP, CPIA

Part-time Faculty

Office Location

126 Bedford Street, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • J.D. Law, University of Maine School of Law
  • B.A. History, University of Maine at Farmington
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Maine at Farmington


Ross Hickey is the Assistant Provost for Research Integrity at the University of Southern Maine (USM.) Ross is coordinating USM’s work in the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOCH) and is Director of the Maine Regulatory Ethics and Training Center (MeRTEC) at USM. He is an attorney and a member of the Maine Bar and an at large member of the Grievance Commission. He has built a nationally recognized research compliance office that serves not only USM, but institutions throughout the State of Maine. Ross is contacted on a regular basis provide technical assistance to other local institutions on regulatory compliance matters. The Research Integrity Symposium hosted by Ross attracts attendees from all over the country to our metro region to learn about regulatory and ethical considerations in research. He co-sponsors the Three I’s Biosecurity and Research Integrity Conference as well. Nationally, he co-chairs the Certified IRB Professional (CIP) council for PRIM&R.


Ross developed and teaches in the undergraduate regulatory ethics minor and certificate at USM. He helped to develop and teaches in the compliance certificate program at Maine Law and also teaches at Maine Law as an adjunct. He is active in student exchange and research collaboration with universities in the North Atlantic, such as Iceland and Norway and is co-chair of the Economy and Law subcommittee for the Maine North Atlantic Institute. The international internships within the MeRTEC cultivate exposure for USM students to the advanced applied ocean technologies and methods being used in Scandinavian countries. He sits on the World Affairs Council for Maine.